Mr. Milind S Thakker is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Milind is a graduate in Economics from the London School of Economics and has an M.B.A. in Finance from Boston, U.S.A. Milind joined SAN as Executive Vice President of the Company in the year 1989 and thereafte r he took over as the Managing Director in 1991 and has served the company for over 24 years, till 2014. During these years, Mr. Thakker has led the business of the company, transforming it in to a multi product technlogy oriented company. He was appointed as the Chairman of the company in the year 2014.Mr. Thakker is a member of Young Presidents Organization, an international business organisation.
After receiving his “ Honours “ degree in Mechanical Engg from Madras University in 1980, Ramanathan spent his early years in Tata Iron and Steel Company at Jamshedpur. He then moved over to the earthmoving equipment division of Hindustan Motors/Caterpillar in Chennai and spent 6 years there. Ramanthan then spent his next 19 years in Elgi Equipments at Coimbatore in varied roles that provided depth and breadth of experience in supply chain, manufacturing and marketing. Ramanathan as Vice President and Divisional Head of the automotive equipment business of ELGI was instrumental in taking the division to new heights. Before joining SAN, Ramanathan spent three years as CEO of ICIL, a joint venture between ICC of the US and Crompton Greaves. Besides his bachelors’ degree in Engineering, Ramanathan has a Post Graduate diploma in management. He has also attended advance management programmes on strategic sourcing at IIM, Ahmedabad, general management programmes at Amrita and from the University of Michigan.
Ramanathan is a six sigma Black Belt and has also been trained as a lead accessor of quality systems by DNV. He is well versed on the ERP package BAAN and has been involved in implementation of TPM and lean manufacturing. An ardent lover of sports, especially cricket has won laurels for himself and his team at various levels of the game. He spends his spare time playing other games like shuttle, reading, listening to carnatic music , travelling and last but not the least, cooking.
Kishore Govinde has been with SAN since 1989 and is one of the senior members of the executive team. He holds a Master`s degree in Business Taxation & accounts from the University of Mysore and a fellow membership from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.He is the Compliance officer and also leads CSR activities of the company. He is also the President of Kadugodi Industries Association. Reading, travelling, playing chess and listening to classical music are some of his hobbies.
Vice President (R & D)
Ramachandra has been with SAN since 1978 and is responsible for all the research and development activities of SAN. A graduate in Mechanical engineering from Mysore, Ramachandra joined SAN as a graduate trainee. He has been instrumental in developing the transmissions for the diesel hydraulic locomotives. Ramachandra has also developed transmissions for the defense.
Ramachandra spends his spare time watching the National Geographic channel, playing ball badminton and reading technical books and magazines and writing technical papers. He has a number of National and International papers published in various forums.